55327_girl-writing_mdAlerted by comments on other sites, I checked in at Vox Day’s blog to find his faction now seems to be pursuing their campaign against SJWs by posting negative reviews of books they find offensive on sites like Amazon and Goodreads. This led to another discovery. Apparently Goodreads has recently identified personal attacks on authors as “bullying” behavior and instituted a policy of deleting comments and cancelling accounts that engage in this kind of activity. Supposedly negative reviews are allowed to stand, but comments at Day’s blog suggest some accounts have been cancelled just on the basis of questionable reviews.

Since the social/political culture experts have recently identified the current social trends in restricting free speech as fascism, I’m getting more sensitive to the issues.

I going to refer back to Ann Rice’s recent complaints about attacks on authors who write about unpopular topics. Here’s also a letter Rice wrote to StopTheGRBullies.com on the same subject. Rice discusses these attacks as a form of censorship, which generally aims at having the book removed from bookshelves, listings or award nominations, in this way damaging the writer’s career and livelihood. The examples Rice gives look like SJW’s pursuing progressive causes, but Day’s blog makes it clear that conservatives are also using this technique against books or authors they find offensive. The result has been censorship of member posts by Goodreads.

Apparently how to deal with offensiveness in literature is a trending issue. Besides these developments, I’ve recently gotten a link in my email to a forum discussion on it. Polite society would typically note the offensiveness and move on. I recently did this with my concerns about Elizabeth Bear’s Karen Memory, for example. I also got through Huck Finn without any damage to my psyche. However, it looks like folks with an agenda are less likely to let things pass these days.

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